Stars and Glitter Patriotic Pedicure Toenail Designs for 4th of July, Labor Day, and Memorial Day

pure-ice-nail-reviewSummer holidays are some of the most fun holidays all year, especially when it comes to cute manicures and pedicures. I’ve never been one for plain red toenails—I always felt they made me look older than I am or that they looked like someone else’s feet. But I think I finally found some red nail polish I can wear on my toes without any worries at all… I recently received the opportunity to review the Pure Ice Stars & Stripes collection of nail polish and I couldn’t be happier with the results. If you’re looking for fun patriotic nail polish ideas or for nail designs with stars, glitter nails, or simple red, white, and blue nails, you’re sure to be thrilled as well.

The Stars & Stripes nail polish collection by Pure Ice includes: Dazzle Me (silver glitter), Superstar! (white), Freedom (red & blue sparkle with silver stars), Siren (red), and Wide Awake (blue sparkle). I so far have only had the chance to try Siren and Freedom, but I can tell you this is the perfect combination for a girl who loves red and things that sparkle. I showed my husband and he asked about how I got the stars on there. He honestly couldn’t believe they were inside the bottle of nail polish and just painted on like that!

patriotic-pedicure(Granted, I did have to fish around for enough stars for what I wanted to do to my nails, but it’s to be expected and I think it is a genius option as opposed to having a totally separate base coat, sparkle top coat, and loose stars!)

I painted my patriotic pedicure on my deck while my daughter played next to me. I only did one or two toes at a time so I could watch her closely, but it only took me five minutes or so to get the first coat of red applied. I slapped on a quick second coat, though I’m not convinced I even needed one. My toes didn’t look so alien in this red as I used to think they did with other nail polishes. (Is it because I’m a mom now? Because I’m in my 30’s?)

I ended up falling asleep before I could complete my patriotic pedicure designs, so, the next day I did the fun part—I put the sparkle and stars coat on each toenail, putting two stars on my big toes and one star on each other toe. I made sure enough sparkles were spaced throughout the nails and I let them dry. I have to tell you, I am thrilled with the results. I like a professional pedicure as much as the next girl, but I love how fast and easy it was to get gorgeous, sparkly, and festive nails at home in a matter of minutes.

To be fair and honest, I will, of course, disclose my only point of contention–I know this would happen with any 3-D nail art, so take this point with a grain of salt… When I did curl up into my bed between the satin sheets after completing the sparkle and stars top coat, it felt like my pedicure was getting stuck to the sheets or dragging across them a bit oddly. I’ve since learned to tuck my toes or keep them closer to the fleece blanket rather than the satin sheets.

stars-nail-polishAnother thing that impressed me about this collection is that the polishes hold up amazingly well on my toes. I have not had to reapply yet, aside from when I accidentally smudged my toe on my flip-flop before it was dry. (Mama multitasking mistake, not a rookie mistake!) In reading more about this product line, I’ve come to learn that all of Pure Ice’s nail polishes feature a long-wear formula, making your mani’s and pedi’s last longer. These products are also free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP, making them a smart choice for health reasons as well.

Are you ready for the best news of all? How much do you think a high quality, totally functional, durable, and brilliantly beautiful, versatile bottle of nail polish should cost? Or how much it really does cost? Wait for it… you can get Pure Ice’s Stars & Stripes collection for just $1.99 per bottle, meaning you can have the entire set for less than 10 bucks! What are you waiting for? Get to your nearest Walmart or hop on over to www.pureicecosmetics.com so you can get your patriotic pedicure in place before the 4th of July!

Disclosure: LifeLoveBeauty received complimentary PURE ICE nail polish samples for the purpose of review. The opinions in this post are my own honest experiences and not influenced in any way. Individual experiences may vary.

Creative Labor Day Gift Ideas

Creative Labor Day Gift IdeasWhen you go to someone’s home for a Labor Day party or picnic, it can be nice to bring along a special gift for the host and hostess. Depending on the person, you can choose something sweet and simple or you can consider a wide array of more creative Labor Day gift ideas. Whatever you decide, the sentiment is sure to be appreciated. Here are a number of creative Labor Day gifts to consider for your friends and family.

Before selecting the perfect Labor Day gift, be sure to consider your budget. You can find nice Labor Day gifts at just about any price point, so the sooner you start thinking about what to bring, the better chance you have of finding a great gift that fits into your desired budget.

Consider these creative Labor Day gift ideas:

•    A nice bottle of wine
•    Bottle of scotch
•    Box of chocolates
•    Craft beers
•    Fruit basket
•    Salty snack basket
•    Flowers in the colors of red, white, and blue
•    Grill charms (to mark whose burger or meat is whose)
•    Wine charms (likewise)
•    Scented candle (think apple pie or something festive!)

Instead of an actual Labor Day gift, you might also consider bringing something to help take away a bit of the cost burden for the family hosting the party. You can offer to bring pies, cookies, or another dessert item. You might also offer to bring a fruit salad, veggie tray, or meat and cheese platter to help prepare for guests’ arrival. If you are close with the family hosting the party, offer to arrive early to help prepare and set up. Sometimes this simple act goes far beyond the idea of a host or hostess gift.

It isn’t always necessary to bring a present for the host or hostess when you go to a party, but it is definitely a classy gesture that they are sure to appreciate. If your budget can swing it, try to take a nice creative Labor Day gift with you to the party this year.

 

Patriotic Cocktails for Labor Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Anytime

Patriotic cocktailsFestive, patriotic cocktails and alcoholic drinks mixed and poured in true red, white, and blue style may be the finishing touch you’re missing for your party. Or they may just be a nice, relaxing end to a long week at work. If you are planning a party over the long weekend or just looking for some new mixed drink ideas to try, consider these fun and fancy patriotic cocktail recipes for your next gathering.

Before you get started on your party drink mixing, be sure you have all the components you need for an awesome bar setup. Don’t forget the lemons, limes, and maybe some strawberries and blueberries to add to the patriotic color scheme. You can also dress up your drinks with red, white, and blue straws, stirrers, or paper umbrellas.

Fruity Patriotic Alcoholic Drinks
Some of the most fun alcoholic drinks may be the fruitiest ones. Consider mixing up any of these popular and delicious party drinks for your next patriotic party.

–    Strawberry Daiquiri or Strawberry Margarita
–    Pina Colada
–    Blueberry Daiquiri or Blue Raspberry Daiquiri
–    Blue Hawaiian
–    Cranberry and Vodka
–    Jungle Juice

You should also consider making a pitcher or two of Sangria. Try white sangria or traditional sangria with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries for color instead of lemons, limes, and oranges.

Layered Patriotic Alcohol Drinks and Mixers
Layered patriotic alcohol drinks, actually layered drinks in general, can be a lot of fun to mix and drink. Here are some fun layered drinks to consider for your next Labor Day, Memorial Day, or 4th party.

–    Miami Vice – Half Pina Colada and half Strawberry Daiquiri
–    Try the above with Blueberry or Blue Raspberry Daiquiri instead!
–    Red, White, & Blue Shooter
–    Layered Fruit Drink
–    Stars and Stripes Cocktail

For additional tips on making layered shooters and drinks, check out these tips on how to make a layered shooter.

Other Patriotic Alcoholic Drinks
You can make just about any drink patriotic by sticking a mini toothpick flag into a maraschino cherry and tossing it in. Another option is to make pitchers of three different drinks – one red, one white, and one blue. You can also fill up martini glasses with drinks in any of the three patriotic colors. Use your imagination and you will think of all kinds of patriotic cocktail recipes to try for Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July.

They may not be drinks, per se, but you can have a lot of fun mixing up patriotic Jello shots for your next Memorial Day, Labor Day, or Fourth of July party. Mix up a red flavor like cherry, raspberry, or strawberry, and a blue flavor like blue raspberry or grape (purple may be close enough). You can make your patriotic Jello shooters in plastic medicine cups designed for this purpose, or make them in ice cube trays or in a flat dish that you can carve them out into bite-sized cubes.

Remember, even if none of the drinks you already know suit your preferences, you can always mix up something totally brand new. Craft your own signature cocktails and then take a few moments to think up some alcoholic drink names for Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July. What are your favorite drinks to enjoy around the three summer holidays? Please share your favorites and any clever suggestions you have in our comments below.

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Top Labor Day Events to Enjoy with Family and Friends

Labor Day events 2012Labor Day Weekend 2012 is just about here. Many people plan to go to the beach for the long holiday weekend while others may plan to host or attend Labor Day celebrations, like a Labor Day party or pool party, barbecue, or picnic. Still others may be looking for Labor Day events to attend or activities to try. If you are still wondering what to do for Labor Day weekend, you can rest assured that you aren’t the only one. Sometimes some of the best plans for a holiday weekend are the spontaneous ones. Check out these ideas for Labor Day 2012 events that you can enjoy with your family, your sweetheart, or just your friends.

Remember, some Labor Day events and activities take little to no planning, and some even take little to no money. You can plan a fun Labor Day for your whole family to enjoy, or a romantic Labor Day weekend for just you and your sweetheart. If you aren’t attached, be sure to get together with your closest pals for a fun long weekend away from work. Here are a few Labor Day events to consider this year.

Labor Day Festivals and Parades
What is Labor Day without patriotic parades and festivals? You can find a lot of great family-friendly things to do for the holiday weekend when it comes to outdoor festivals, parades, and other big celebrations. Look in your local newspaper or check the Web for locations near you that will be hosting any kid of community celebration, parade, or festival. You might find a county fair, a carnival, an outdoor dance, or other special Labor Day event as well.

Labor Day Weekend Concerts
There’s just something about outdoor concerts that make for an amazing time, whether with friends, your significant other, or family. If the holiday weekend is nice and sunny, you can really enjoy some Labor Day weekend concerts in your community or a short drive away. A lot of outdoor concert venues are connected to a restaurant or bar where you can order food and drinks to enjoy outside along with the music. You might also be able to bring your own food and drinks to certain venues, especially if you are going to enjoy concerts in the park or another public location.

Labor Day Car Shows
A car show may not immediately come to mind when you think of things to do on Labor Day weekend, but you can definitely enjoy some time with family, friends, or your sweetheart at a Labor Day car show. A quick Google search will pull up all the Labor Day car shows, and potentially one in your area or within a short drive. Some car shows taking place on Labor Day weekend include Kiwanis of Boyne City’s annual Labor Day Weekend Car Show, the 3rd Annual Maple Falls Labor Day Car Show/Rod Run, and Spirit Lake’s Labor Day Car and Motorcycle Show, to name just a few.

If you know of a local car club or hot rod club, check their website for a listing about any upcoming car shows, especially one for the Labor Day festivities.

Other Labor Day Celebrations
If you are still thinking about what to do on Labor Day weekend, you may want to check with your friends and family to find out what they are doing. You might also consider visiting a grandparent, going out for ice cream, or for a trip to the park to rollerblade, ride on the swings, or take your dog for a walk.

One of the most popular Labor Day traditions seems to be the Labor Day barbecue or the Labor Day picnic with family and friends. If you are still on the hunt for Labor Day weekend events to fill your nice, long weekend, consider hosting a barbecue or a picnic for Labor Day. You can also have a pool party, go to a water park, check out the beach for Labor Day, go on a hike, a bike ride, or even a boat ride in a nearby lake.

If your close family members can’t be with you to celebrate Labor Day, you can also set up a Skype session with them so you can chat and see each other for a few moments. This can be especially nice when there is a new baby in the family, or when family members live across the country from each other.

Labor Day Fireworks
No Labor Day celebration would be complete without fireworks in the evening! Labor Day fireworks can be a romantic activity to enjoy with your sweetheart or it can be a nice family outing for your kids to enjoy, or even your grandparents. You can also get together with your friends after the Labor Day picnic or barbecue for a fireworks display – just bring a blanket and some bug spray, and maybe a few snacks or drinks. Better yet if you can see the local fireworks from your patio, deck, or hot tub!

What are you planning to do for Labor Day 2012? Share your Labor Day ideas in our comments below!

 

Rainy Labor Day Ideas and Activities to Enjoy Inside

Rainy Labor Day ideasEveryone always hopes for sunshine and warm weather on Labor Day weekend, especially when Labor Day parties, picnics, and barbecues fill up the calendar for this long holiday weekend. If the weather forecast predicts a rainy Labor Day weekend, don’t worry about it too much – there are lots of things to do on a rainy Labor Day. No matter if you are having a party, going to a picnic, or just hanging out with your sweetheart, your family, or your friends, you can find something fun to do for Labor Day inside.

Labor Day weekend can be a great time to travel, throw a party, or go to someone else’s barbecue or picnic. If rain is on the way, you don’t have to scrap your plans. You can still find lots of enjoyable things to do in the rain or inside during a rainy Labor Day.

Inside Rainy Labor Day Activity Ideas
Here are some rainy Labor Day ideas for you to try if the weather isn’t cooperating for your barbecue, picnic, or party.

•    Have a scavenger hunt inside.
•    Set up some indoor karaoke.
•    Do Labor Day crafts with the kids.
•    Run a board game marathon.
•    Have a movie marathon with only movies that are patriotic in nature.
•    Mix up red, white, and blue cocktails (if you are old enough to drink).
•    Make red, white, and blue slushies and smoothies (no matter what your age).
•    Have a video game competition.
•    Go shopping and hit up all the amazing Labor Day weekend sales.
•    Break your group into two teams and have an indoor decathlon of events. You can do puzzles, games, and other indoor activities. Best of 10 – only one winner!

These Labor Day ideas if rain’s outside should help to tide you over until the weather clears. Hopefully it won’t rain for the entire Labor Day weekend!

Rainy Labor Day Meals
If the rain is pouring down, grilling might not be your favorite option. You can find a few alternatives to the traditional holiday weekend fare by considering a few rainy Labor Day food ideas. Check out these examples of non-grilled Labor Day food for starters:

•    Meatballs and sauce in crock pots
•    Hoagies
•    Roast beef or turkey sandwiches (hot)
•    Baked ham with pineapple
•    Stir-fried veggies
•    Pork fried rice
•    Sweet and sour chicken
•    Baked ziti
•    Take-out from your local pizza shop, Chinese food place, etc.

Don’t forget delicious Labor Day desserts – brownies or Rice Krispie Treats with red, white, and blue sprinkles, themed sugar cookies, all-American chocolate chip cookies, sheet cake with strawberries and blueberries, fruit salad, and more. What are your favorite patriotic desserts?

Rainy Labor Day Picnic Ideas
If you are going on a Labor Day picnic, you might want to plan to hang out inside. Consider finding a place with shelter for your picnic, like an outdoor party tent, or have a picnic for two in your car, clubhouse, or garage. A Labor Day picnic with many guests may need to move the entire event indoors, perhaps in a basement or garage if not throughout the whole house. If the rain tapers off a bit, you can have your rainy Labor Day events move out to your deck or patio, even if there is still a little drizzle coming down.

If you still want to have a picnic in the rain, consider putting down a few water resistant tarps or setting up an outdoor party tent. You can also try a large beach umbrella or consider tailgating instead of doing the full picnic routine. Since Labor Day is a long weekend, you might also consider having a “rain date” if you can plan it far enough in advance.

To make things more festive despite the gray and gloomy weather, don’t forget to set up your red, white, and blue decorations for an inside Labor Day party. You can also ignore the weather and play outside in the rain if you feel so inclined!

What’s your rainy Labor Day plan? If you have other suggestions for Labor Day rain ideas, please share them below in our comments.